One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A principal male ballet dancer, especially one who is particularly suited by bearing or physique to princely roles.
- ‘He has the look of a danseur noble and such a Faustian intensity that it's hard to take your eyes off him.’
- ‘Undeniably, there was David Hallberg, with his glorious long lines, his aristocratic bearing, a modern day danseur noble.’
- ‘His pure technique and extraordinary elevation were shown off to an exceptional degree in the role of the Blue Bird, but he also danced the standard danseur noble roles including the Prince in the Kirov's 1965 film of Sleeping Beauty.’
- ‘He is as close to a danseur noble as the company has ever had.’
- ‘Virolas, physically slighter, his expression neutral, is suave and lyrical - a potential danseur noble.’
- ‘Smith had a long career as a danseur noble, partnering Lee and the visiting Viennese ballerina Fanny Elssler, who profoundly impressed nineteenth-century American audiences.’
French, literally ‘noble dancer’.
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